Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: LTD question?
I played exactly that one in that color.
As far as the neck, body, balance, and weight, this thing plays very nice. The Floyd is OK but could be upgraded unless you don't use too much where in that case I would leave it alone. I have no complaints and this guitar is pretty much in the same quality range as similarly priced Ibanez. OK, now I will duck as people throw rocks at me. I am not giving this a thumbs up having played it by itself or read some 4 and 5 star reviews but actually played this side by side to Ibanezes.
I didn't get the chance to plug in the active ESP pickups and the higher end models in LTD's' lines have all this like your guitar, nice fit and finish, but with EMG active pickups. This line is a more affordable alternative. My ESP/LTD is the Viper 301 and it had the EMG-HZ passive pickups which were a more affordable option to the Viper 400's full on active EMG 81s.
With your link showing the guitar on clearance at $299, $641 list, so there's nothing to lose. I would even consider this guitar at $399 or maybe get the Ibanez RG in that range, but at $299 all Ibanez has is the fixed bridge regular series RG IIRC.
I almost got the RG at $299 and it didn't have the fat frets and speedy neck the LTD M/MH had, but if you want a neck more similar to a traditional strat, then the RG is better, but if you want a fat fretted shredder neck, ala Jackson/Charvel, then the LTD is the better choice. That LTD was somewhat more heavy duty and you could feel the quality over that particular line of Ibanez. But if you go to $399 and find an RG, it's a better guitar with Edge ZR over the LTD's Floyd Special. The Ibanez at $399 upgrades the feel of frets to be more shred-like and pretty much very similar to your LTD.
It's a tough call but if you could retrofit a higher end standard, original, or titanium Floyd Rose, then you have a great guitar through and through. Also it goes without saying that if you could get an Ibanez Edge in there it would make it even better than anything Floyd has to offer.
Last edited by 63Blazer; 06-03-2014 at 07:23 PM.